Raymond Loewy the Father of Industrial Design

Raymond Loewy Industrial design
1951 Studebaker Commander Convertible, with Loewy at the wheel, pacing a PRR T1 Duplex — artist Chris Ludlow

Historians refer to Raymond Loewy as the designer of the modern world. He began his career drawing for Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue before moving into industrial design towards the end of the 1920s.

“There is a frantic race to merchandise tinsel and trash under the guise of ‘modernism’. I can claim to have made the daily life of the 20th Century more beautiful.” — Raymond Loewy

Loewy studied engineering at the Université de Paris and École de Laneau, before emigrating to the United States of America in 1919 (See 23 Images, or click here for Flickr slideshow).
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Peter Wooldridge South African Artist

Walker Bay Art Gallery
Walker Bay Art Gallery — acrylic on canvas — 50x40cm — click to enlarge

Peter Wooldridge hails from Krugersdorp, a mining town situated in the West Rand district of Gauteng Province, South Africa.

After attending the Johannesburg School of Arts, in 1965 Peter obtained a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Witwatersrand, where he was voted Student of the Year.

He initially followed a career as a Graphic designer, working for a number of top advertising agencies and produced for a number of the leading industrial and commercial entities such as Hewlett Packard and Rand Mines Limited.

Later he began to concentrate full-time on his art and has established a unique style of painting, using various natural mediums. His work has been exhibited by the top galleries in Johannesburg and Pretoria and graces the walls of many private collections, including that of the late industrialist Marino Chiavelli (See 13 Images, or click here for Flickr slideshow).
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Star Wars The Wedding

The terrified wedding party with AT-AT walkers
The terrified wedding party with Star Wars Imperial AT-AT Walkers coming behind . . Yikes! — click to enlarge

We’ve all heard of Star Wars the movie. How about Star Wars the wedding?

“So for all you Star Wars fans, this ones for you”
Little Blue Lemon

The intrepid couple pictured here commissioned Toronto-based Little Blue Lemon to create a very special wedding photo – being chased down the street by a terrifying squadron of Star Wars Imperial AT-AT Walkers.

As can be seen from the pics that follow they really threw themselves into the role with enthusiasm.

Apparently, the meme was started by one Quinn Miller, 22, who produced a digitally put together image of a wedding party in Louisiana being chased by a huge T-Rex. Incredibly, the shot was taken in just one shoot lasting 2 minutes.

After Quinn shared the photo on Facebook, things went viral and the pic has now spread across the internet (6 images).
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Sunset on The Bot River Estuary #6

sunset on the Bot River Estuary
The sun dips behind the Kogelberg mountains at sunset on the Bot River Estuary — click to enlarge

It’s 17:53pm as the sun dips behind the Kogelberg mountain range.

The windless and warm conditions and the absolute silence magnify the beauty of the Bot River Estuary.

This estuarine system lies on the eastern border of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve on the Southern tip of Africa.

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Alexis Bester Local Artist Based In Tulbach South Africa

Piekniek-vlieers
Piekniek-vlieers — oil on canvas 50 x 40cm — click to enlarge

I recently came accross the work of Alexis Bester, a full-time local artist, who lives and works on a farm near Tulbagh at the foot of the Witzenberg Mountains.

From the website kunste huijs:

His medium is mainly oil paint on either board or canvas. He draws his composition in charcoal and adds preliminary shades and colour by mixing paint and turpentine. The painting is then allowed to dry before he starts to work through the painting, applying paint only and mixing colours as needed. Alexis primarily uses flat brushes, but also uses round brushes, pallet knives and his fingers.

His work portrays a vivid imagination, the skillful use of bright colour and shadow, and an interesting combination of perspective with geometric forms. There is a gilded thread of vitality and energy and a playful, uplifting and child-like vision that sees mystery and wonder in the everyday experience (See 15 Images, or click here for Flickr slideshow).
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Martha Graham Dancing The Hidden Language of the Soul

Dance icon Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 — April 1, 1991) was an influential American dancer and choreographer whose career spanned over seventy years.

During her distinguished career she was the first dancer to perform at the White House and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ryan produced this real masterpiece (3:05 min), over 4.5 million views on YouTube, and counting. It’s an elegant and exciting animation and sound track, in the spirit of Martha Graham, that is the romantic and bitter-sweet Thought of You by Ryan Woodward on YouTube.
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Dramatic Changes On The Banks Of The Bot River Estuary

Bot River Estuary
Looking North over the Bot River Estuary, the renowned Arabella Estate is visible at centre on the opposite bank. In the middle distance, just left of centre, a group of four pelicans is feeding in the shallows — click to enlarge.

It’s amazing to see the changes that have taken place in the last six months, on the the Bot River Estuary.

Everywhere the banks of the estuary are taking on a more beach-like appearance. On clean white sand, sea shells, sea weed, red-bait and cuttlefish are in evidence.

The water tastes salty and it’s not unusual to see large shoals of tiny fish being preyed upon by diving sea birds, kestrels and duikers.

In the middle of August 2012, the mouth of the Bot River Estuary was artificially breached. This was done after consulting with the Bot River Estuary Forum (BREF), and estuarine specialists (9 Images, click here for Flickr slideshow).

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Hebrew of the Torah and the Christian Bible

Torah
The Torah (Hebrew: instruction, teaching) is a central concept in the Jewish tradition — click to enlarge.

Students of the Bible who lack experience of the Hebrew language and culture, may struggle to reach a proper understanding of the Holy Scriptures.

It follows that a knowledge of Hebrew is fundamental to a proper understanding, considering that the contemporary Christian Bible is a product of many translations and modifications.

The Christian Bible is founded on the Torah, the body of scripture known to non-Jews as the Old Testament, the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses.

By Contrast, over a period of thousands of years, the original ancient Hebrew texts have been meticulously preserved to the present day.

Modern versions of the Christian Bible are the end product of a series of translations. The first texts were translated from the original Hebrew to Aramaic, then from Aramaic to Greek, Greek to Latin and finally Latin to English. The full Bible has been translated into over 450 languages, parts of it into more than 2,000 languages. Continue reading “Hebrew of the Torah and the Christian Bible”

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Local Hermanus Artist Alyson Guy

Cottages with ducks
Cottages with ducks — oil on board — 37x28cm (click to enlarge)

Among the foremost attractions of Hermanus, on the Southern tip of Africa, is the industrious and talented community of artists and writers that live and work in this beautiful coastal town.

“I appreciate all facets of life, beauty of creation in all its diversity” — Alyson Guy

After matriculating, with a Senior Certificate in Art History and Practical, Alyson trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She specialised in histopathology, working in South Africa and London until her semi-retirement in 1994.

Her artworks are on display at her studio and around Volmoed, a Retreat and Conference Centre, where she lives and works. Alyson’s artwork can also be viewed at The Little Gallery, in the Eastcliff shopping centre in Hermanus, an intimate space used by members of the Vermont Art Circle (15 Images, click for Flickr slideshow). Continue reading “Local Hermanus Artist Alyson Guy”

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Mandela: 15 Pearls of Wisdom

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela — Photo: Carlo Allegri/Staff/Getty Images

Mr. Mandela is one of the most politically gifted individuals of all time and one of the most admired men in history.

Together with other brave South Africans, he helped engineer the first peaceful, non-violent revolution in the history of the world.

In Africa there is a concept known as ubuntu – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievements of others.
-— Nelson Mandela, 2008

As an anti-apartheid activist, he was tried for treason and imprisoned for 27 years. Mr. Mandela was the first South African President to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

The great man’s leadership style is embodied in a stunning new book by Time editor Richard Stengel: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage (Crown). Here are Madiba’s 15 life lessons, from the book:
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